Meet the Contributors: Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald

Margaret Read MacDonald How to be a storytellerBook Chapter: How to be a Storyteller- The Basics.

Her Thoughts:Storytelling is a natural act. We do it every day. Just find a story you love and share it with others. You are a storyteller! I suggest folktales as an excellent vehicle for storytelling. They have already been shaped through thousands of mouths so they reach you ready-to-tell. Because I love working with folktale sources, and because within folk traditions there are as many ways of telling as there are tellers, I insist that any way you want to tell your story is just fine. Forget about technique and over-rehearsal. Just get a story idea into your mind, find an audience, and let the story out. You become expert at storytelling the same way you become expert at anything else- and that’s through practice. So your task is to find audiences for yourself and just keep telling! Those audiences will teach you everything you need to know about storytelling. It is they who will help you shape those tales.

Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald is author of over 60 books on storytelling and folklore topics, drawing on her Folklore Ph.D. from Indiana University and her more than 30 years of service as a children’s librarian. Retired, she travels the world teaching storytelling and sharing tales in schools, libraries, and festivals. She is author of Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About and Teaching with Story, co-authored with with Jennifer MacDonald Whitman and Nathaniel Whitman.


About Storyteller

Sean Buvala has been engaged with storytelling and communication since 1986. From kids in classrooms to bosses in boardrooms, from presenting workshops for global salt miners to consulting with Ph.D.’s in pharmaceuticals, Sean has told and taught stories in nearly every industry and setting. He’s been the boss (and janitor) of a non-profit organization and is currently the entrepreneur-in-charge for his work as the “No-Nonsense Storytelling Coach™.”

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